The British and US authorities' attempts to silence journalists working on the Snowden revelations continues apace. The partner of the Guardian journalist at the centre of the investigation was detained this morning for 9 hours under anti-terrorism legislation as he transited Heathrow airport en route between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro.
Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours | World news | The Guardian
Clearly the authorities intended to send out a message of intimidation to the journalist and the wider media that if they can't get hold of Snowden and Greenwald themselves, they can attack their families. Greenwald's partner, David is not a journalist, he's a student and, as far as I'm aware, has not been involved with Greenwald's journalistic work. That the UK authorities chose to use the full extent of their draconian anti-terrorism legislation against someone who has never been remotely linked to any kind of subversive group and holds no terrorist sympathies is quite shocking.
I hope that there may be some heavyweight politician prepared to stick their head above the parapet and ask serious questions in the House about this abuse of power. I also hope that the Brazilian government will be prepared to demand explanations of the British government for its act of intimidation against one of their nationals.
Here's Glenn Greenwald's comment piece currently running on GuardianOnline.
Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | theguardian.com
One of the reader comments below the article likens the action to the kind of intimidation the Stasi used to use on dissidents. I don't think that that is over-stating the case.